Receipt, issued to A Maclaurin, by A. Cartwright, Watchmaker & Jeweller, for 10 pounds. Dated 25 November 1931 this is undoubtedly for the engagement ring purchased by Archie for Connie. The ring had 3 diamonds representing 'I love you'.

Archie was born in 1904 in Westham London. He trained as a printer and sought work in Australia as there were few opportunities in England; he migrated on the 'Jervis Bay' in 1928. Before migrating he commenced negotiations with the general manager of the Commonwealth Bank Note Printing Branch Fitzroy, who assisted Maclaurin in securing employment at McLaren & Co Pty Ltd Colour Printers in Fitzroy. He then moved to Spicers & Depmont Printers and Stationers before an opening came up for a machinist at the Note Printing Branch, where he worked for 32 years.

He married Constance Duffell in 1934, who had migrated from England on the 'Narkunda' with her parents and brother in 1927. Her father and brother worked for the Note Printing Branch which facilitated their meeting. They had two children, Roger and Jocelyn and lived all their lives in Essendon.

Physical Description

Receipt for purchase of a diamond ring by Mr Mclaurin from A Cartwright Watchmaker and Jeweller, Elizabeth St Melbourne, 25/11/1931. Cost of 10 pounds.

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